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Is Apple Watch Giving a Tantalizing Clue of Firm's Interest in Medtech?

Question asked by Ramani Aswath in #Gadgets on Apr 29, 2015
Ramani Aswath
Ramani Aswath · Apr 29, 2015
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Quote: Last year, Apple met with FDA [3] and hired several medtech talent [4] including biomedical engineers from Vital Connect, Masimo Corp, Sano Intelligence and O2 MedTech.

Those were reported well before the launch of the Apple Watch late last year. Given that context some were disappointed that the Apple Watch, it's heart rate monitor functions aside, would provide simple fitness tracking capabilities as opposed to more robust medical-grade capabilities.

But now comes the revelation that the Apple Watch contains an unactivated pulse oximeter. Here's what the experts at iFixit found [5]:

Apple’s heart rate monitor is actually a plethysmograph that looks and acts like a pulse oximeter, but Apple isn’t claiming it can measure your blood oxygen level. Why? Beats us. But it’s probably FDA regulation related.

Apple is not commenting of course. As a result there are more questions than answers. Endquote
https://www.mddionline.com/print/12527?cid=nl.mddi01.20150428 Posted in: #Gadgets

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